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Welcome To Central Texas Anxiety and OCD Center

We specialize in treating anxiety and related disorders using effective evidence-based treatment approaches that are supported by decades of research. We help our clients overcome their fears and learn the skills to manage their anxiety and OCD.

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Overcome your fears and learn the skills to manage your anxiety and OCD

Generalized Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heartbeat. It can be a normal reaction to stress. For example, you might feel anxious when faced with a difficult problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision..

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts ("obsessions") and/or behaviors ("compulsions") that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.

Fears and Phobias

A Phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and lasting fear of a certain object, situation, or activity. This fear can be so overwhelming that a person may go to great lengths to avoid the source of this fear. One response can be a panic attack. This is a sudden, intense fear that lasts for several minutes.


Trichotillomania, also known as trich, is when someone cannot resist the urge to pull out their hair. They may pull out the hair on their head or in other places, such as their eyebrows or eyelashes. Trich is more common in teenagers and young adults.

Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a condition of the nervous system. TS causes people to have “tics”. Tics are sudden twitches, movements, or sounds that people do repeatedly. People who have tics cannot stop their body from doing these things. For example, a person might keep blinking over and over.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common childhood anxiety disorders. SAD is an exaggeration of otherwise developmentally typical anxiety manifested by excessive concern, worry, and even dread of the actual or anticipated separation from an attachment figure.

Social Anxiety

For people with social anxiety disorder, everyday social interactions cause irrational anxiety, fear, self-consciousness, and embarrassment. Symptoms may include excess fear of situations in which one may be judged, worry about embarrassment or humiliation, or concern about offending someone. Talk therapy and antidepressants can help increase confidence and improve ability to interact with others.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is an overreaction of fear and anxiety to daily life stressors. The reaction causes a hyperphysical response, followed by intense worry that another attack will happen soon. This can upset the ability to function normally. It is a common disorder and can often lead to depression.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

(GAD) - Generalized Anxiety Disorder usually involves a persistent feeling of anxiety or dread that interferes with how you live your life. It is not the same as occasionally worrying about things or experiencing anxiety due to stressful life events. People living with GAD experience frequent anxiety for months, if not years. GAD develops slowly.

Meet The Team

Katherine Nelsen

Katherine Nelsen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor LPC-S. Katherine Nelsen founded Central Texas Anxiety and OCD Center in 2021 in response to a need for greater access to evidence-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders in the Central Texas area. Katherine Nelsen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. Katherine Nelsen completed an internship at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin where she gained valuable experience working with adolescent patients in a residential facility that were diagnosed with anxiety disorders, OCD and Tourette’s. While at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Katherine Nelsen received extensive training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP and Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions for Tic’s (CBIT). Katherine Nelsen is a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). She has also completed specialized training to be an LPC Supervisor in the state of Texas. Katherine Nelsen’s professional affiliations include: International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Dawn Borellis

Dawn is trained in CBT, iCBT and ERP Therapy proven to be the most effective therapies in treating Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Tourette’s, and ADHD. Dawn’s goal is to work herself out of a job as quickly as possible by providing her clients with the tools they need to work though their mental health challenges. Her ability to create quick rapport with children, teens and young adults assists in accomplishing the goals that are set up in the beginning of the therapeutic process effectively and efficiently. She is always grateful for the trust her clients place in her and she is invested in doing all that she can to assist them in their journey of personal growth and mental wellbeing. Dawn lives in the Lakeway area and is committed to making a positive contribution in her community and beyond.

Victoria Reyna

Victoria is a warm, accepting, and compassionate Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She earned her Master’s in Counseling from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Her formal training and experience have prepared her to be an innovative therapist to her clients. In her therapeutic practice she utilizes holistic approaches to psychotherapy such as CBT, Compassion-Focused, Person-Centered, Attachment based, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBCT). She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with anxiety, stress, self-esteem, interpersonal issues, life transitions, and trauma. Victoria strives to create a safe and warm space for her clients while on their journey to healing, peace and fulfillment.

Susan Thompson

    Susan has experience as a therapist intern and mentor working with children, adolescents and college students at Georgetown Behavioral Health Hospital and The University of Texas Athletics department. Prior to working in the mental health field, Susan was the Chief Human Resources Officer for a global non-profit organization and AmLaw 100 law firms. Susan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Psychology/Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is a Certified Mediator through Northwestern University.

Helpful Resources

Here are several resources that you might find helpful.

  • College Planning Guide For Students With Mental Health Disorders
  • EMDR Therapy - Now Available for parents with anxious children
  • SPACE - Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions

Contact Us

We have two office locations in the Austin area